Scarifiers capture Novice crown at local tourney

After going 3-0 in round-robin play, Pollard’s Scarifiers captured the the Novice division of a girls’ hockey tournament here last weekend with a victory over Kenora Royal Purple in Sunday’s final.
After going scoreless over the first two periods, Kali Hamilton and Sahe Lynn Smith (assisted by Haven Labbe) tallied in the third to give the Scarifiers a 2-0 victory and the championship.
Pollard’s had opened the tournament with a narrow 2-1 win over C.J. Edwards and Son (Kenora).
After a scoreless first period, the hosts jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Shawnee Morrisseau and Hamilton. C.J. drew to within one late in the third period but then couldn’t net the equalizer.
The Scarifiers then faced off against the Royal Purple in their second game of the round-robin and earned another tight 2-1 victory.
Once again, the locals jumped out to a 2-0 lead–this time on goals by Labbe and Jessica Badiuk (Labbe)–then held on in the third period.
The team then wrapped up round-robin play with a perfect record after beating the Red Muskies (Kenora) 3-1.
The Scarifiers led 2-1 after the first period on a pair of unassisted goals by Labbe. Then after a scoreless second, Badiuk iced the victory–and a berth in the final against the Royal Purple–in the third.
“I thought it was the closest games our girls had been in all year. They were all very low-scoring,” noted head coach Stuart McIvor. “They played the best games we’ve seen all season.”
McIvor added the team got great goaltending in Katelyn Stearns over the last two games. “She made some key saves. She was really big in the last game,” he noted.
< *c>PeeWees
Meanwhile, in the PeeWee division, Skates and Blades International Floor Coverings (Fort Frances) finished the weekend with an 0-3-1 record. But for them, it wasn’t about winning–it was about having a good time.
“They had a bit of a rough time,” coach Greg Madill admitted. “They struggled but they worked hard and were in good spirits.”
Madill also said the team has improved since the start of the season and are now competitive, noting people can’t expect them to start beating teams that have been competing for years right off the bat.
Skates and Blades opened action Friday afternoon with a 5-0 loss to the Black Muskies (Kenora) but then they roared back with a 2-2 tie against the Basic Machine Steelers (Dryden) that evening.
After falling behind 2-0, the locals stormed bacy with goals by Carly Holt (Katie McTavish) and Joelle Madill to tie the score. Neither team to break the tie in the second or third periods.
But it was a different story Saturday evening against the On-Site Ice Cats (Thunder Bay), who romped to an easy 7-0 victory.
The in the third-place game Sunday morning against the Basic Machine Steelers, Skates and Blades were blanked 3-0 to finish in fourth spot.
< *c>19 and under
Finally, D & A Construction (Fort Frances), competing in the 19 and under division here over the weekend, finished up with a 1-1-1 record in Pool ‘A’.
“We didn’t score many goals– four goals all weekend–but we played hard and had fun,” noted coach Jim McMahon. “We can’t complain about what they did.”
The team, featuring a strong presence from the Muskie girls’ team, opened play Friday afternoon with a 4-0 romp over the Ear Falls Lynx.
Shannon Koval was the offensive hero, netting all four goals. Ivory Tuesday assisted on the first two.
But it was downhill after that. D & A lost 3-0 to the Kenora Flyers later Friday, then closed out the tournament with a 0-0 tie against Barker Trucking Cougars (Dryden) on Saturday.Unfortunately that would be D and A’s lone win of the tournament.
They fell 3-zip to the Kenora Flyers in their second game on Friday to put them 1-1 for the weekend.
The girls’ closed the tournament on Saturday with an 0-0 tie against Barker Trucking Coyotes, failing to advance to the playoff round.
McMahon noted the girls are still learning and playing hard.